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CU At The Game: Hope is Not a Strategy

Hope was in short commodity 18 months ago when Karl Dorrell was fired in the middle of the worst season in program history ... Coach Prime's presence and talent acquisition brought Buff fans hope, but 2024 is all about turning hope into results ...

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Ralphie Report: Former Buff Andre Roberson joins Team Colorado for The Basketball Tournament

NCAA Basketball: Utah at Colorado

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Team Colorado is looking stacked

The Basketball Tournament and its $50 million prize pool are returning once again in 2024, which means Team Colorado is making a comeback. The squad, comprised of Colorado basketball alumni, banked a huge commitment on Thursday; former Buff and NBA veteran Andre Roberson.

HUGE PICKUP: Team Colorado has landed a commitment from NBA Veteran and former @CUBuffsMBB player, Andre Roberson! @TeamColoradoTBT IS NOT MESSING AROUND FOR TBT 2024!

Welcome to TBT, @FlyDre21

More on TBT 2024 - https://t.co/Awaic8swOP pic.twitter.com/5bBsIy8lwn

— TBT (@thetournament) June 13, 2024

Roberson will be joining the likes of Evan Battey, D’Shawn Schwartz, George King and Josh Repine on their quest for $50 million. Snagging a player like Roberson is a MASSIVE deal for this group. In his time in Boulder and seven years in the NBA, Roberson established himself as an elite rebounder and defender, earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference honors in 2013 with the Buffs. With Roberson in the Buffs’ corner, this team will be scary to play.

If you’re looking to relive some of those early 2010s CU basketball memories this summer, Team Colorado is your best bet. TBT begins on July 17th, so we’re just over a month away from watching some of our favorite Buffs take the floor in black and gold again. With a rotation involving Roberson, Battey and Schwartz, we’re in for a fun blast of nostalgia at the bare minimum. Who knows, maybe Team Colorado can manage to show out and win the massive prize pool in the process...

by RylandScholes
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Ralphie Report: Colorado transfer Preston Hodge may be the secondary’s missing piece

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 19 Virginia Tech at Liberty

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Maybe it shouldn’t be all that surprising that the secondary is the most interesting unit on Deion Sanders’ football team. The group has a little bit of everything: a star in Travis Hunter, depth with Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig and DJ McKinney, and more than a couple new transfers that could play right away.

Chief among those, most likely, is Preston Hodge. Hodge, who’s listed at 6’0 and 195 lbs on the Buffs’ website, will have one year of eligibility in Boulder. He previously spent the last two years at Liberty where, over that span, he had 60 tackles, two interceptions, three TFLs, 13 passes defended, one forced fumble and one touchdown on an interception return. He also had PFF’s ninth-highest pass coverage grade this season (88.8) and was ranked as the 4th best transfer safety available.

He’ll definitely find playing time somewhere this fall, but where exactly is a little more unclear right now. During the Buffs’ spring practice, cornerbacks coach Kevin Mathis tipped his hand a little bit: when talking about Travis Hunter’s versatility, Mathis explained how he’s “been playing the majority inside and when we can have him do that and be strong and outside with Preston (Hodge) and DJ (McKinney), it’s gonna be a sight to see and we are excited about that.”

And while that aside about Hunter moving into the slot in a close-to-full-time role is probably the more interesting part of that quote, it seems at least somewhat noteworthy that Hodge was the fist guy who came to the secondary coach’s mind when asked about other starters.

Assuming that Hodge holds on to the starting job through camp, he’ll bring some much-appreciated experience to a secondary that – like most of the Buffs’ other position groups – will look a ton different this year. Hunter, Silmon-Craig, and Shilo Sanders are all returning, but gone are Cormani McClean and Omarion Cooper – two guys who were expected to contribute a lot this year. Even Trevor Woods, one the Buffs’ starting safety last season, made the move to linebacker.

If Hodge plays anywhere close to the way he did at Liberty, the Buffs’ secondary has the potential to be one of the better units in the Big-12. With Hodge, Hunter, and McKinney (not to mention the safeties), Buffs games may end up 38-35 instead of 49-42.

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Ralphie Report: Colorado Buffaloes unveil new numbers for 2024-25 men’s basketball season

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament First Round-Florida vs Colorado

Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

What number will Trevor Baskin wear at Colorado?

Earlier this week, the Colorado Buffaloes men’s basketball team announced new numbers for the upcoming season. Usually this isn’t a big deal, but the team will have three big transfers plus three incoming freshmen and this is our first chance to see them in uniform.

Trevor Baskin is the headliner of the transfer class and he will wear #6 this season. He was #22 at Colorado Mesa, where he was maybe the best player in Division II basketball, but that number is retired at CU in honor of the late Burdette “Birdie” Haldorson. He’s going to be Colorado’s main playmaker as a point forward, so maybe this blog will call him LeBaskin.

The other transfers, Elijah Malone (#50) and Andrei Jakimovski (#23), will keep the numbers they wore at Grace College and Washington State, respectively. Both shoulder be expected to start. Malone is an athletic, do-it-all center who will thrive in the five-out offense. Jakimovski is a versatile forward who will hit threes, talk **** and play smart team defense.

As for the freshmen, Andrew Crawford will debut in #42, Sebastian Rancik will wear #7 and Felix Kossaras will don #15. It’s unclear how these freshmen figure into Tad Boyle’s immediate plans, but don’t be surprised if Kossaras gets the preseason hype even if he wasn’t that highly rated out of high school.

Finally, we have Bangot Dak switching from #12 to #8. The lanky forward from Nebraska was a surprise addition to last season’s rotation and more will be expected from him this season. He’s still developing as a ball handler and shooter, but he has a tremendous feel for the ball and showed all kinds of promise on the defensive end.

Everyone else on the roster will keep the same numbers they had last season.

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Ralphie Report: Colorado transfer BJ Green could be one of the Buffs’ most impactful players in 2024


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We don’t need to relitigate it too much, but the Buffs’ pass rush was bad last year. They had the 7th-best sack total in the Pac-12, and individually only had two guys – Lavonte Bentley and Jordan Domineck – with at least five. Bentley will come back for one last season in Boulder, but besides that, it didn’t look like there was a whole lot of passing rushing production returning for 2024.

That’s why BJ Green was such a big get for the Buffs. Considered one of the Top 25 available portal players, Green brings proven pass rushing production to a team that so desperately needs it.

Green spent the first three seasons of his college career at Arizona State, where he lead the team in sacks as a freshman preferred walk-on. He was the highest-rated pass rusher on the defense that season, and according to ASU’s website, Green had the highest-rated efficiency numbers of any pass rusher in the Pac-12 too. The program offered him a scholarship a few months after the season ended.

His box score production dropped as a sophomore (despite still having PFF’s best pressure rate), but Green rebounded to put up career-best numbers last season as a junior. In 12 games for the Sun Devils last year, he had six sacks and 21 solo tackles, 11 of which were for a loss. He ended his ASU career on a high note when he was named to the second-team All Pac-12.

Not long after announcing his plans to transfer to Washington, Green flipped to Colorado, in part because Huskies coach Kalen DeBoer took the Alabama job. But Green also has a history with Deion Sanders, going back to his days playing youth football in Atlanta. In a video interview he did with the Pac-12 network, Green talks about how it was Sanders that convinced him to move from running back to defensive line.

On the field, Green figures to step in and immediately be one of the more impactful players on the Buffs’ defense. At 6’1 and 170 lbs, he’ll be one of the smaller players on CU’s defensive front, but has experience playing both inside and on the edge to go along with his elite pressure stats. Green is the major piece on a defensive line that’ll feature a bunch of new faces this year, including Pittsburgh transfer Samuel Okunlola (who also had six sacks last season) and Houston transfer Chidozie Nwankwo.

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